What a thread. I hope Neal is getting some sales from this. I downloaded his CD on iTunes, and it just blows my mind how Currin would post a review like that. The music features counterpoint, great (I mean GREAT) lyrics, and just a wholly mature sound. I'll give him that some of the tracks are long (think Donald Fagen on Kamakiriad) but there's so much variety that I gotta think what the first couple people said---Currin might have a personal grudge. It makes no sense. The comments about the size of the font---it's all so bewildering. Recently Currin reviewed another local band that sounds like Metal Machine Music. If that's Currin's preference, that's fine. But the Indy needs to find reviewers that have the musical breadth and depth to understand what Neal is trying to do instead of dismissing it out of hand. "Stumbles upon a nugget" is a good example of this. It's as if Currin cannot even bring himself to admit that there's some real thought, some really deep writing and arranging instead of the mostly on-the-surface stuff he seems to give a pass to. Time for the indy to find someone who can appreciate that. I couldn't say that before, not having listened too deeply, but I gotta say that this is a crime of a sort.
By the way Neal is playing at the Local 506 tonight. For the curious.
It's sad that my critique of Grayson's review ends up being an indictment of the artist who made the CD in the first place. DanTheBassPlayer in this case. No one can question authority (the music editor--sorry Grayson but it IS authority) without having someone accuse the person who critiques of being the artist themselves. How cynical, DTBP. How..Republican. How silly. In this case, the music is not even the issue to me. Grayson I hear you but you WERE needlessly smarmy in my opinion, and dismissive of someone who maybe no one's heard of in the upper echelon of this cesspool but deserves our attention nonetheless.
Blaster, you made good points.
MrDave, I don't usually find a six sentence paragraph to be long winded. Yet you have somehow pulled it off!
I think the typeface on "Who's Next" is bigger than Neal's. "London Calling" must be Curran's least favorite album of all time. HOLY CRAP. Look at how big Bruce Sprngsteen's name is on "Born To Run". What an autocrat.
Curran continues to ignore my simple questions. I have nothing to say about Neal's music except that it is pretty good. The lyrics I heard were above par for pop in general and nothing I've heard referred to in other reviews was close. Not sure what Curran thinks are good lyrics. Every time he cites lyrics of other artists, they are insulting in their facile goofiness. But that is not the point. The point is that Curran's review mentions the size of the type on the CD cover. Why? The fact that Neal wrote and produced his own CD and actually refers to it on the credits. On the back. Why? Is there something wrong or even uniquely conceited about this? Why even mention it unless that PARTICULAR act is something he's predisposed to give a bad review in general to? He must REALLY hate Sgt Pepper. They do their name in PLANTS.
It's perfectly natural to waste your precious time railing, a long-winded paragraph at a time, against things you don't think deserve your attention. Oh, and I guess you're supposed to post YOUR myspace page so we can all judge YOUR lyrics. I was asked to on another thread.
Pintoseller, looks like you got "Curraned".
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